Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT)
What is FBAT?
The Fire Behavior Assessment Team (FBAT) is a unique fire module that monitors wildfires and prescribed fires to support USFS strategic goals through information delivery during and after incidents; by supporting development of fire behavior and effects decision tools; by fostering better understanding of wildland fire dynamics across the range of fuels and weather; and through support for training, safety, education, research, and outreach programs. To achieve these goals, FBAT collects coordinated fuels, fire behavior, and fire effects information on plots, prepares summaries, and archives the data. FBAT carries out special projects on request. FBAT operates as an on-call crew ordered to fires through the Interagency Resource Ordering Capability (IROC). FBAT is guided by an advisory group and receives support from the USFS Enterprise Program, National Forest System, Fire & Aviation Management, and Research & Development and through grants.